Most Common Vasectomy Misconceptions
6 Common Myths About Vasectomies
To help you make an informed decision, it’s important to debunk some common vasectomy myths:
Myth: A vasectomy will affect your sexual performance.
Truth: A vasectomy will not affect libido, or sexual drive, or your testosterone. The purpose of the procedure is to prevent semen travel, which in turn prevents pregnancy. Men have even reported higher sexual satisfaction after a vasectomy.
Myth: A vasectomy will cause severe pain.
Truth: You may be surprised to know that a vasectomy hurts just as little as a pinch or prick. Before starting the procedure, the doctor injects local anesthesia or a numbing agent directly into the scrotum area. This makes the procedure practically painless. Pain-relieving medications are prescribed to prevent any post-procedure pain.
Myth: Testosterone levels will decrease.
Truth: True, the testicle makes both sperm and testosterone. The difference is, the testicle makes testosterone and transports it through the bloodstream, not the vas deferens. Testosterone levels don’t go down as a result of vasectomy.
Myth: Vasectomy can lead to prostate cancer.
Truth: Having a vasectomy does not increase the risk of or cause prostate cancer. Many researchers have conducted studies on the subject and found no evidence of an association between the two. Sperm production has nothing to do with prostate cancer development.
Myth: Vasectomy recovery is long and difficult.
Truth: It is a simple and very quick procedure. The person undergoing the procedure can return home the same day. Within 3-4 days, he can resume office/work. He can begin to perform sexual activities and normal exercise within a week and completely recovers within 15 days.
Myth: You won’t be able to ejaculate.
Truth: If you can ejaculate before your vasectomy, you’ll ejaculate after your vasectomy. Ejaculatory fluid, semen, is made in the prostate and the seminal vesicles, which are not cut during a vasectomy. The muscle contractions that force fluid out during ejaculation come from the pelvis and, again, are not affected by vasectomy.